Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Erin Go Braugh — Another Saint of Ireland

    Gentle reader: It being St. Patrick’s Day, we want to talk a bit about him, but also to tell you of another of Ireland’s (and Scotland’s) saints about whom you probably haven’t heard.

    But first we must correct a mistake from the column of 3 March kindly called to our attention by our neighbor, Don Matthews, in which we intended to write billions but instead wrote millions, as shown here:

  • Eskridge performing at Princess

    Roane County’s Jason Eskridge and his band will perform in concert at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, March 25.

    Jason’s blend of jazz, blues, and soul is a treat for music lovers of all genres.

    Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Greenwood School Foundation.

    Eskridge is a native of Roane County who now regularly sells out in multiple venues in Nashville and the surrounding areas.

    Special guest Kyshona Armstrong promises to add to the excitement.

    Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.


    The Harriman Blue Devils open Class A state tournament play Thursday at 6 p.m. CDT against the Mitchell Tigers after winning the sectional tournament 10 days ago.

    “Everybody is there for a reason, but if you have to play them (Mitchell) I’d rather play them first when we’re rested,” Shannon said. “They’re really deep and they really get after it on defense so you want to play them when you’re fresh.”

  • Rockwood splits with Grace Christian

    By Michael Lindsay


    Rockwood had not defeated Grace Christian Academy in baseball since the 2014 season, but that changed Monday afternoon as the Tigers split the opening District 3A series of the 2017 season with the Rams.

    Grace took game one by a score of 7-2, but Rockwood rallied to win game two 3-2 in nine innings.

  • Lady Tigers beat Oak Ridge

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers softball team posted a 12-9 victory over the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats Monday afternoon.
    Rockwood scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a walk, a single by Tiani Porter, a passed ball and a double by Cassidy Tilley.
    The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the third inning on a couple of errors and several groundouts.

  • Burglary suspect held at gunpoint

    A suspected burglar was held at gunpoint by a Roane County couple Tuesday morning. Homer Parnell Fox, 41, is charged with theft of property under $1,000, aggravated burglary, burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, vandalism under $500 and resisting arrest in the incident.

    According to the report, Judith Elrod was asleep in her 914 Webster Road residence when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs.

  • Fired road worker suing county

    Jim Henry, a former employee with the Roane County Road Department, is suing the county in federal court for $1 million.

    Henry, who lives in Monroe County, worked for the Road Department for nearly 31 years. Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson fired him last spring.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” Ferguson told the Roane County News about the firing shortly after it happened.

  • Avalon helps domestic abuse victims

    Domestic violence victims often take many attempts to finally leave their abusers.

    When Roane County victims decide to make that break, there is somewhere to go.

    Avalon Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program founded in Cumberland County in 1984, has a shelter in nearby Cumberland County.

    The program also serves as advocates for neighboring counties that now include Roane.

    “We were getting a lot of calls from clients in this area,” said Rachel Bruning, Avalon executive director.

  • Mass-transit rescues can take their toll

    Dozens of emergency fire and rescue personnel from Roane and surrounding counties recently participated in a training exercise at the Roane County Rescue Squad headquarters in Midtown.

    The three-day exercise in mass-transit rescue skills was designed to instruct rescue squad volunteers in techniques dealing with incidents involving school buses, tour buses and trains, said Roane County Rescue Squad Capt. Eddie Jones.